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The Mental Health Association of Erie County and Compeer are teaming up to provide Mental Health First Aid training the agencies liken to CPR for the mind.

The eight-hour evidence-based certification program is designed to help participants identify the signs of mental illness and know what to do in the event of a mental health crisis, as well as raise awareness and reduce stigma.

“The Mental Health First Aid Program was a great opportunity for our staff to not only learn more about mental health, but also learn ways to recognize behaviors and how to report these instances,” said Marsha Jackson, associate vice president for student affairs at Erie Community College.

Training takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 28 and 29 at Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.; cost is $75. Register by calling Mary at Compeer, at 883-3331, and learn more about the program at mentalhealthfirstaid.org